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Home » Archives » May 2006 » Recall For Less In The Past

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05/18/2006: "Recall For Less In The Past"

After reading the letters and articles about the illegal meetings of the Council members on the ferry, and the Council's many questionable actions, I am left wondering why no one has started a recall petition.

Years ago Alton Boyce was recalled for committing less crimes than the current Council members. I am not interested in being involved is such an action, but I would think those that are so intense in their opinions would be.


Frank Penwell
San Juan Island


On the oft raised topic of recalling one or more of the current county councilors, I wonder about a couple of issues. Could the established legal concept of "abuse of discretion" be applicable as a substantial basis for a viable recall campaign? Would a recall campaign for a particular councilor be county-wide because he was elected (or appointed) on a county-wide commissioner basis? Or would he be subject to a recall campaign from a valid petition and ballot of the voters from within the district he now represents as a county councilor? (Hmmm. That leaves me thinking that maybe half 3 of 6 districts of the voters of San Juan County are without direct representation during this transition period. What could possibly go wrong?)

I join Frank Penwell in that "I am not interested in being involved in such an action, but I would think those that are so intense in their opinion would be."

Mike Stolmeier
Orcas Island

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